1936 Transitional Batch E(H)150 With Maple Body
According to Prewar Gibson expert, Lynn Wheelwright,
'It seems that Gibson used batch 433 as a transition batch figuring out the neck joint and how to eliminate the need for the large neck block. Also eliminating almost half of the screws on the back and settling on the blued high carbon round head screws sunk into the back. If I had to put a designation on 433-2 I would say it was a member of the 30 or so that made up the transition to what would become the standard build construction for the first style. So in a way it would be a sort of prototype.' He goes on to say, 'we only have pictures of the inside of yours from 433 and 3 from 432. One from 432 is quite unique with the entire neck and sides cut from a single piece of wood much like the prototype from fall of 1935. That one is 432-2, the other 2 are 432 18 and 19 which are the same inside and use a large neck block with the laminated sides mortised in. I believe Gibson added the shoulders that extended up to the 12th fret because this is where most all Hawaiian slide guitars joined and players took their visual cues from this joint.'
Above is an example of Gibson's early Electric Hawaiian models. Click the links to go directly to the corresponding pages.
2. 1936 E150 semi-prototype(this page)
3. 1936 E(H)150(2nd from right)
4. 1937 EH150(far right)